Gullion Tales (50’)

for symphony orchestra, narrator, community chorus and mixed ability orchestra.Commissioned by Southern Education Library Board, N. Ireland. World premiere: Ulster Hall, 17 April 2010,South Ulster Youth Orchestras, Dundalk Institute of Technology choir and pupils from Newry High School, St. Paul`s High School, Bessbrook High School and St. Joseph`s High School, Newry.

Workshop Moscow 2006 with Brian Irvine Ensmemble, Phil Smyth, Steven Davis, Andrew Lavery

Big Bang 

by Composer-in-Residence Brian Irvine & Young Composers Ferdia Durkin, Niamh Feeney, Ciara Murphy, Alice Purcell, Matthew RooneyFor Youth Choir & Youth Orchestra

2pm, Sunday 10th November 2013 The Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo. 

Commissioned by Sligo County Council Arts Service /  Funded by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government Per Cent for Art Scheme & Music Generation.Produced by Music Generation Sligo in association with Sligo Academy of Music, Loch Bó Films & Sligo International Choral Festival. 

Beyond the March

What happens when two of Northern Ireland’s most innovative composers work with bands from Londonderry Bands Forum? 

Since November 2012, composers Brian Irvine and Sid Peacock have been working with Burntollet Sons of Ulster Flute Band, Caw Flute Band, East Bank Protestant Boys Flute Band and Pride of Orange and Blue Flute Band. In a series of workshops, they have explored their music making and created a new work for performance as part of Music City Day. Three of the bands come together with Brian, Sid and guests for this innovative performance.

The project is being delivered by Moving on Music in association with Arts Council NI Lottery.

Framed against the Sky 

Framed Against the Sky is a collaborative project between Woodend Barn, sound festival and Red Note Ensemble which aims to introduce people to new music in Aberdeenshire and the City. 

Local communities will be given the opportunity to help Irish composer Brian Irvine and Scottish poet Billy Letford create a new piece of music which will be premièred at the launch of 2013 sound festival at Woodend Barn this October.

Red Note Ensemble will be performing at various festivals, shows, and other locations throughout Aberdeenshire and City over the coming months in the lead up to the 2013 sound festival. Brian and Billy will be holding workshops in schools and open workshops during events.


Any Instrument  - Any Ability  - Any Age

The Cake Club Orchestra is a unique band. It offers a chance for musicians of any ability and instrument to get together to create perform and explore new music. 

Under the direction of Brian Irvine the band utilises elements of improvisation, conduction, graphic scores, playing by ear and more traditional notated music. It has no stylistic boundaries and includes elements of pop, jazz, classical, rock, and electronica. The emphasis is on exploration, invention and fun!

The Cake Club Orchestra is never the same. Each performance/composition is is determined and constructed  around a particular venue  place and depend on the character and number of the musicians that happen to take part. Every Cake Club session concludes with a public performance of the created piece.